Marinated Bocconcini Skewers

One of my favourite party appetizers just got a whole lot better! Once you make these marinated Bocconcini skewers you will never settle for the original ones.

Allowing the mozzarella to absorb the flavours of the marinate overnight- gives this classic dish an unforgettable flavour.

Ingredients (Makes 20 Skewers)

1 red pepper; roasted, quartered & seeded

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp lemon zest

2 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp cracked black pepper

20 bocconcini (cocktail size balls)

1/4 cup finely chopped basil

1/4 cup finely chopped mint

20 cherry tomatoes

20 large basil leaves

Balsamic Vinegar (for drizzle)

 20 wooden skewers

Cut the red pepper into quarters and then roast them side up under a hot broiler until charred and wrinkled- about 7-10 minutes. Once cooled, remove the skins and dice finely.

Next-combine diced peppers, garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, oil, salt, pepper, chopped basil & chopped mint in a large bowl.  Add the bocconcini  and toss to coat each piece well.

Cover and marinate at room temperature for at least 30 minutes. You can also marinate the Bocconcini for up to 3 days in advance! The longer you the let the cheese absorb the flavors of the marinade- the better they will be!

When ready to use, wrap one basil leaf around a bocconcini ball and thread onto the wooden skewer with a cheery tomato. Drizzle with a touch of balsamic vinegar.

How simple was that? No more excuses for bringing store bought appetizers to the party!

-R

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